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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The Dark History of Forced Sterilization of Latina Women

quote [ Between the 1930s and the 1970s, approximately one-third of the female population of Puerto Rico was sterilized, making it highest rate of sterilization in the world. Despite the high rate of sterilizations, the dark history of these operations remains understudied and hidden in the shadows of history. ]

As a professional historian, I consider myself reasonably well informed about American history, particularly about topics related to science, technology, and medicine. I had no idea this mass sterilization took place. It boggles the mind!
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Informative]
[by Space_1889@11:50pmGMT] [3 comments]

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Soviet Modernism’s Enduring Baltic Legacy

quote [ Three decades since the USSR collapsed, the small Baltic states still have many visual reminders of a half century of Soviet rule. Today, the husks of grand modernist buildings look like monuments to the state’s vanity — but their legacy also reflects the efforts of local architects who resisted stylistic conformism. ]

We have had a number of posts on SE related to Communist-era architecture in the Balkans. I thought this article would make a nice complement to the narrative those articles have provided us.
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by Space_1889@7:50amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Dr. Opioid: The Well-Heeled Philadelphia Doctor Harboring a Dark Secret

quote [ William O’Brien was a well-heeled doctor with a thriving Philadelphia medical practice. He was also at the center of a massive painkiller supply chain run by an outlaw biker gang. ]

The image of the opioid epidemic is that it is something that happens out in rural areas and undercover - can't get more mainstream than downtown Philly.
[SFW] [health]
[by Space_1889@2:19amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 20 November 2020

Are Small Family Farms Racist?

quote [ “Land ownership is hard to obtain for beginning farmers in general, but especially for farmers of color. Collective land ownership can not only give farmers of color the opportunity to own land and gain economic independence, but also to start building their own communities in a society that has ostracized them.” ]

The article is largely a critique of the ideas of Joel Salatin, a well known figure in modern organic agriculture, but it makes an important point about how the systematic exclusion of people of color from farming in the USA has led to fundamental problems with our food supply.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Insightful]
[by Space_1889@4:14amGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 26 October 2020

Necropolis Railway: The Train Created for the Dead

quote [ Devoted to carrying corpses, the London Necropolis Railway was the spookiest, strangest train line in British history – but also possibly the most useful. ]

When your city is so crowded that you can't bury people, it's time to find a solution. A Victorian solution, that is, that takes class into account while being practical as heck.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by Space_1889@12:39amGMT] [1 comment]



Thursday, 12 March 2020

Charles Barkley is selling Olympic gold medal and NBA MVP award to build affordable housing in hometown

quote [ "I used to keep it at my grandmother's house, but they all passed away, and I don't want that stuff crapping up my house." ]

This really puts cleaning my parents' house out after my Dad's death into perspective - if an Olympic gold medal is crap, what isn't?

[SFW] [sports] [+1 Good]
[by Space_1889@3:55amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Manson Girl Who Got Away

quote [ “Juanita” (not her actual name) was on a road trip from San Jose, California, to Mexico via Phoenix, Arizona. In Mexico she was going to try to reunite with her fiancé, from whom she was estranged. (...) South of San Jose, she stopped to pick up a pregnant-looking hitchhiker who turned out to be accompanied by two men. All three were from the Manson Family. ]

I have been fortunate in my life - when I was down, there were honourable people there to catch me when I fell. I never had to rely on luck, as this woman did. She escaped from Charles Manson, which is pretty impressive, but the part of the story that was the most interesting to me was how she got caught in the first place. The descent into evil is not as clear a path as you might think...
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@5:09amGMT] [2 comments]

The Day the Music Burned

quote [ It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire. ]

I follow the music industry fairly closely, particularly the technology and business of studio recording, and I was not aware of the impact of the fire described in the NY Times. The loss of so many master recordings makes me sad.

Link is to a summary article on the Vice website - a link to the original longer article in the New York Times is in the first sentence of the Vice article.

[SFW] [music] [+2 Sad]
[by Space_1889@7:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 20 January 2019

How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend

quote [ It was the very late 1990s when Hershfield stepped off the bus, dressed like a doctor who lived in Beverly Hills. At 43rd and Leimert, he found a crowd of teenagers surrounding a community arts center called the “kaos Network.” This had to be it: Spontaneous rap battles were breaking out, and dancers writhed on the sidewalk, seizure-like. At the entrance, a young man sized him up.

“Would you like to hear something?” Hershfield asked politely.

“Sure, what’s your name?” the man asked.

Hershfield looked at him.

“My name is Dr. Rapp.” ]

F. Scott Fitzgerald said that there were no second acts in American life - Dr. Rapp begs to differ.
[SFW] [music] [+8 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@7:44pmGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 24 September 2018

Linux developers threaten to pull "kill switch"

quote [ Most of the internet could be affected as some Linux devs threaten to rescind code in response to CoC controversy. ]

Seems to be related to the earlier post about Linus Torvalds. As someone who knows very little about Linux and its culture, I was hoping you folks could help me make sense of all this.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by Space_1889@2:13amGMT] [14 comments]



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